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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811836207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811836203
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For many single folks, dinner options often are limited to ordering in or fixing some scrambled eggs and toast. And when the urge to cook a full meal does strike, soloists are habitually left with loads of leftovers. Enter Goldstein, a chef, author and teacher who cooks for herself a few nights a week. She presents this good-looking collection of recipes for "when you are alone and want a satisfying home-cooked meal." Goldstein (The Mediterranean Kitchen) explains how to go food shopping for one (a "challenging" task, she admits), how to transform leftovers into appealing new dishes (e.g., put leftover chicken in a salad, soup or risotto), how to stock a basic pantry, and how to keep wine (buy half bottles or use wine preservative spray). The author follows these clever tips with a slew of terrific recipes from sauces to pastas and grains to seafood and meat and even desserts for one. Most recipes are for average-size portions for one person, and feature Italian, Asian, Mexican, Spanish and even Middle Eastern influences. Goldstein acknowledges that not all the recipes are quick or meant for beginning cooks. But they are generally simple and revolve around fresh ingredients and smart combinations. Standouts include the comforting Chicken and Bread Soup, healthy and hearty Farro Salad, dependable Orecchiette with Broccoli and Chickpeas (to which one might add crabmeat or sausage), simple Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan Cheese, and succulent Roast Chicken with Garlic, Lemon, and Herbs.
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Review

This is another user-friendly book by a well-known San Francisco teacher, chef and restaurateur (Square One) Joyce Goldstein, that meets a very specific need: These are recipes for the single guy or gal who doesn't want to make do with corn flakes or cottage cheese for dinner. The author doesn't rely on shortcuts, unless you consider polenta with spinach and peas or asparagus with eggs and Parmesan a shortcut.
Many of Goldstein's dishes segue into second meals; all rely on excellent fresh ingredients. With this book as a guide, it's easy to eat well when you're home alone. -San Francisco Chronicle

Customer Reviews

No reason just because you cook for yourself a lot you should have at hand a great cookbook.
Ruth Ann Barrett
I'm sort of baffled as to how to review this cookbook, because I think it's great for her intended audience, but the marketing is a bit misleading.
lovelymuse
Most recipes are complicated and require stocking up on all kinds of ingredients that would rarely get used otherwise.
E. Hirschberger

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157 of 164 people found the following review helpful By lovelymuse on December 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm sort of baffled as to how to review this cookbook, because I think it's great for her intended audience, but the marketing is a bit misleading. Someone who is looking for truly SIMPLE meals to make for one person may be a bit dissappointed. So I'll just sum up my impressions of it so far.

First of all, it's a beautiful book. Nicely laid out, gorgeous photographs, personal antecdotes - it's just the sort of book I love browsing through when I'm feeling excited about cooking. I like the stylistic layout of the recipes, with the ingredients in a separate column on the side, and it's printed on thick, quality paper. It's a high quality paperback, perfect for laying flat on the counter.

Her attitude throughout is kind of gratingly pretentious at times. It's as if she expects the readers to look at her as some kind of culinary snob, so she deliberately makes comments to diffuse it, but the comments are sort of more pretentious than just snobbiness. For example, discussing eating polenta straight from the pot with a spoon: "... I make no apologies for my childish eating habits." Or, discussing microwave cooking - "... I will confess I have reheated coffee a few times. I am no longer a total culinary snob." Besides blatent examples like that, her tone and choice of words throughout are sort of exclusionary. I find it amusing and charming, but I'm sure other people will be put off by it.

In her introduction, she plainly says that this is not another book of quick meals for singles. Alot of the dishes in this book are rather lengthy and complicated. Her persian meatball soup, for example, requires mixing and rolling 30 tiny meatballs, soaking and precooking 2 different dried grains, and has 20 ingredients - all for 1-2 servings.
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97 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Brendan on January 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm sure anybody who has experience cooking or a desire to spend a lot of time cooking and shopping would enjoy this book a lot. I was hoping for something less complicated because I am not much of a chef, and I don't have the time to find exotic ingredients and prepare them. I was hoping for a cook book that would help me eat healthier (no frozen dinners), and save some money by not eating out 4 or 5 nights a week. Here is a quote from the introduction which sums up why this book is not right for me, "There is a growing market of sophisticated single diners who have traveled extensively, dined out in all manner of restaurants, know how to cook, and love to eat well." I would say that is a perfect description of the intended audience for this book. Unfortunately I am not part of it.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This cookbook features elegant recipes with long lists of exotic ingredients. Everything looks delicious, but I've only made a couple of recipes because they are not practical for my busy life. To cook from this cookbook, you have to plan ahead, buy unusual ingredients that are sometimes hard to find and are unlikely to be called for in other recipes, and be prepared to put some real time in to prepare the meal. If you enjoy cooking this way as a hobby, you may well enjoy this cookbook. However, if when you cook for yourself, you want flavorful, healthy food without a lot of effort, this is not the cookbook for you. I like the book for browsing through, looking at the pretty pictures, and imagining the recipes all made up. I rarely cook from it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Craig Shelburne on November 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
A few recipes in here are delicious -- especially the Tortilla and Lime Soup, and the Chicken and Bread Soup. I also really liked the quesadilla, the spaghetti alla carbonara and (especially) the risotto. But the author often writes things like "This will make a double batch" or "Reserve this for another use." To me, that contradicts the point of the book!
For example, the salad dressing recipes are WAY TOO MUCH, so be prepared to divide into fourths. (Solo cooks are used to this already.) Sometimes, she calls for 1/2 cup of olive oil, or 3/4 cup of sour cream. This, for one person! And where the heck can I find the grain known as farro? It's in three recipes. I've looked all over Nashville and can't find it anywhere. Still, Solo Suppers is worth purchasing for the recipes I mentioned above. I haven't cooked any of the meat, seafood or dessert dishes yet, but some of them look promising. I'd say it's a good gift for a friend, and then you can copy a few recipes first. Only two of the recipes have been awful, but the pictures are terrific.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Adams on August 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
My heart skipped a beat when I saw the stack of Solo Suppers at my local
Barnes & Noble. This reaction was provoked by the mere name of the book's author: Joyce Esersky Goldstein. I am a long time admirer (okay - fan) of the works of Ms. Goldstein. My own grease stained, butter spotted copies are a
testament to the fact these are truly books to cook by - not just cook books.
As a frequent solo cook, her latest publication radiates with the culinary possibilities of eating alone. Leftovers are the lifeline of a solo diner and this book unabashedly endorses the practicalities of using leftovers in a creative and delicious manner. Solo Suppers is worth the price for Ms. Goldstein's recipe for Parmesan Pudding. This is get down, good eatin'. Although not all the selections are this inventive, each has a "spin" which makes you look at
old standards with a new palate. All of her accompanying sauces are Must Make. I've had the book only a few days, but I'm working my way (yeah!) through them and they are knockouts.
Finally, a deep thank you to Joyce Goldstein for her intelligent and delicious support of the last social group to come out of the closet: The Solo Cook.
She has validated our sect in the highest and most honored way imaginable:
Great Recipes.
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